Someone needs to tell those fake tanned orange women out there who reveal all their ‘assets,’ that sometimes simple beauty is the best. And who encapsulated simple, chic beauty more than Audrey Hepburn herself?
More than half a decade after she first caught the public attention winning her first Oscar in 1954, Audrey is still a fashion icon. It was shortly after this time that she was lucky enough to become Hubert de Givenchy’s muse we’re well jel. It was Givenchy who designed her famous movie outfits too, like the stunning dresses she wore for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
But what made her so iconic? Why do people try to recreate her style to this day?
The secret is in the simplicity. She found a style that suited her and pretty much stuck to those items of clothing. In the 50s it was her pretty circular skirts and the 60s saw a ‘shift’ in her style to the shift dresses that Louis Vuitton has brought back in fashion this spring/summer. As Audrey got older she retained her beauty and grace by keeping her clothing, hair and makeup you guessed it simple.
To copy the iconic Audrey Hepburn look then focus on the 1950s. Audrey was naturally very slim, but you don’t have to have her boyish frame to emulate her style; just concentrate on the basics.
Firstly it’s important to focus on your waistline. Now, Audrey was lucky enough to have a teeny tiny waistline, but she also wore belts to enhance this. Take a look online and in vintage emporiums for circular skirts (which refers to the cut). This cut is super flattering for all shapes and sizes. If you’re copying Audrey then you’ll want the length to finish either just below the knee or mid-calf. Team with either flat ballet pumps or classic vintage courts and don’t forget to wear a slim belt to enhance your waist. Wear with a simple white blouse, tucked in and with the sleeves rolled up.
If you’re looking to copy her evening look then you’ll either want to go for a dress with a fitted strapless bodice that flares at the waist or a slash neck floor length wiggle dress for something a little less innocent in style.
Hair and Makeup
Audrey’s hair was always super simple. Make sure you blow-dry your hair straight and add a serum to add that all-important shine. If you’re dedicated to this look then you’ll need a short straight fringe cut at least an inch above your eyebrows. The next step is to create a side parting and then create a bun at the back of your head – fix with pins and a spritz of hairspray.
Audrey wasn’t shy about her thick eyebrows to get her makeup look you’ll need mascara, eyebrow pencil, brown eyeshadow, red lip stain, loose powder and a good foundation. First, apply your foundation and set with the loose powder, add the brown eyeshadow to your lids and finish with lashings of mascara. Using the eyebrow pencil fill in your brows and add a little more shape and definition stick to your original eyebrow shape though or it will look very fake. Finish the look with a dot of red lip stain for a natural ‘bitten lip’ tint.
If not opt for microblading.
Finally, you’ll need the right attitude simple, chic, elegant. No-fuss or drama Audrey exuded charm from every delicate pore, can you?